Focus Weeks

2017 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

FOCUS WEEKS

Marbling Week ~ September 13 - 19

Pigment Grinding & Marbling Ink Preparation
Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John

September 13 (Wed)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$185 + $30 materials fee

PREREQUISITE: None

While many modern papers are marbled using acrylic media, marbling of earlier times employed ground pigments from plant and mineral sources. In truth, no acrylic color can ever match the beauty and depth of a marbled paper made using pigments from the earth’s paint box. Be prepared to feel the weight of the glass muller in your hand and the unexpected essence of indigo.

Historical Marbled Paper Patterns
Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John

September 14 - 15 (Thurs – Fri)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$285 + $50 materials fee

PREREQUISITE: None

This class will teach you to reproduce early marbled patterns using colors prepared using traditional methods and materials. Early marblers made use of the physics of surface tension and ink densities in order to accomplish the deft, intricate patterns characteristic of marbled patterns from the 1600s through the 1800s. Learn what the early marblers knew as you make magical patterns of your own. Students will learn to burnish their marbled papers, bringing the surface of the paper to a satisfying gloss.

Beginning Paper Marbling
Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John

September 18 - 19 (Mon – Tue)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$285 + $45 materials fee

PREREQUISITE: None

This class teaches the spectrum of sound craft techniques as you learn to marble under the tutelage of master marblers Regina and Dan St. John. You will learn many traditional combed patterns plus the time-honored stone pattern. Everyone may reasonably expect to create 25-35 papers. This course includes numerous extras such as instruction in edge marbling of book pages and marbling on materials other than paper, such as leather or wood.

Boxing Fortnight ~ October 18 - 27

Victorian-Era Box Structures
Instructors: Jill Deiss & Dee Evetts

October 18 (Wed)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$185

PREREQUISITE: None

Until the introduction of plastics, paper-board boxes were the norm for housing wares. Everything from pills to petticoats were contained in boxes. Our Victorian Box Making and Design course will delve into the structure, design, and history of the lowly but lovely paper-board box. In class, you will make several boxes of your own and be introduced to the techniques and materials you will need to go out and design specialized boxes for holding your own treasures.

Clamshell Box Making
Instructors: Jill Deiss & Dee Evetts

October 19-20 (Thurs-Fri)
9:00 a.m. -5 p.m.

$285

PREREQUISITE: None

Create your own custom-fit clamshell boxes--an attractive and functional way to protect fragile, rare, and special books. Clamshell boxes are also ideal for storing loose materials such as documents, matted photographs, or other archival materials. Emphasis will be placed on use of acid-free/pH-neutral materials and on the selection of box making tools for the home-based studio.

Preservation Enclosures for Rare Materials
Instructors: Jill Deiss & Dee Evetts

October 25 (Wed)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$225

PREREQUISITE: None

This one-day course teaches the construction of a number of styles of protective enclosures and is geared toward people caring for rare collections, both institutional and privately held. Rare materials are best preserved if housed in enclosures that afford adequate protection. Because rare materials include many formats--pamphlets, ephemera, photographs, as well as books--creating effective and efficient housings is both an interesting and challenging situation. Students will learn a number of basic techniques and structures that will have direct application for use in creating proper means for storing significant materials.

Advanced Clamshell Box Making: The Rounded Spine
Instructors: Jill Deiss & Dee Evetts

October 26 - 27 (Thurs - Fri)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$285

PREREQUISITE: Clamshell Box Making

This course builds on what was learned in “Clamshell Box Making.” In the advanced course, students will learn a variety of construction options to create boxes applicable to a wide variety of uses. In addition, students will work with leather to fashion the ultimate classic book box: the rounded, leather-spined clamshell.